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Memorial Day Weekend Dirt

Posted by John Hathorn on May 23, 2014
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Another Memorial Holiday weekend is upon us celebrating the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The weather is predicted to be perfect and there is no shortage of ways to spend the day here on the Westside. Did you know that Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day?

The Annual Memorial Day Observance, a free ceremony honoring our military, with Santa Monica Cemetery tours, live patriotic music, speeches from local officials, and a fly-over of a Condor Squadron. Also take a look at the new Commemorative Wall of Santa Monica Veterans who lost their lives while serving. Event starts at 11am, parking is free at the Santa Monica College Lot 4 with a shuttle service to the Cemetery. Food will also be available for purchase.

After the Memorial Day Observance, check out MAINoploy: Taste of Santa Monica, an event to raise money for Summer SOULstice and  Heal the Bay. Enjoy tasting and drink specials, tickets are $35 day of or $25 if purchased in advance, Also Monopoly fans can take part of the interactive live version of the game. Event  takes place between Pier Avenue and Bay Street, this Sunday May 25th, from 2pm-8pm.

Main Street Memorial Day Block party, this Sunday May 25th  between 2pm and 11pm, 31 Ten, Circle Bark, Main on Main and O’Brians are all participating in this event. DJ’s, food, and drink specials all day. Tickets range from $25-$75.

The Queen Mary Salutes U.S. Military Personnel, Have fun with their self-guided tour along with a Ghosts & Legends Show. Tickets are $15 for general pubic but free for all active and retired military members.

The largest arts and crafts fair is located  in Hermosa Beach, starting this Saturday thru Monday, this year’s Fiesta Hermosa, has two stages with live music, a food court with 18 varieties of cultural food including cotton candy and Funnel cakes. Children ages 3 to 10 will love the Kiddie Carnival, with mechanical rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a bungee jump and pony rides. For those 21 and over they even have a wine and beer garden.

Here is your up to the minute real estate market info:

There are 15 homes available to buy North of Montana Avenue.  There are 10 homes in escrow.  Closed sales went up to 20 homes with 224 18th St. and 438 11th St. closing this week. 438 11th St. went into escrow in less than two weeks and ended up selling for $515,000 over the asking price, a whopping 23.4% increase in list to sale price!

New Listings this Week

North of Montana Santa Monica 617 Georgina

617 Georgina Ave. –   5bd + 10ba.  $8,485,000. Relisted again. With another price reduction on this 3-level home might finally do the trick. The owners have tried leasing and selling and been on and off the market for years. Slow to sell because the 11,000 sq ft home is so unusual that most Santa Monica home buyers cannot relate to it – especially the lower level disco. Last sold in November 2010 for $4,600,000.

New Sales this Week

2012 La Mesa Dr. –   6bd + 6ba.  $6,395,000. Big price for this Country English home on a huge 16,380 sq. ft. lot. Mostly original and needs rehabbing or new construction. Last sold in June 2005 for $4,050,000

309 21st Pl. –   4bd + 3.5ba.  $3,549,000. Last sold in September 1994 for $349,000. Remodeled Cape Cod home with formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, large master suite with lush yard, gazebo, Koi pond.

724 San Vicente Blvd. –   4bd + 4ba.  $2,395,000.   Charming 4bd + 4ba home. Remodel or build new. This home has living room w/fireplace and picture windows, formal dining, den, eat-in kitchen. Close to Ocean Ave and the beach.

Closed Deals this Week

224 18th St. –   7bd + 8ba.  $5,500,000.

438 11th St.-   3bd + 2ba.  $2,710,000. Sold for more than $500k over asking in less than two weeks.

Pence Hathorn Silver Active Properties:

502 16th St. – 5bd + 7.5ba – $8,495,000

601 17th St. – 5bd + 6ba – $4,495,000

168 S. Medio Dr. – 5bd + 3.5ba – $3,595,000

143 Foxtail Dr. – 4bd + 3.5ba – $3,095,000

844 17th St. #102 – 2bd + 2ba – $1,795,000

416 Entrada Dr. – 3bd + 1.75ba – $1,575,000

1330 Stanford St. #F – 2bd + 2.5ba – $1,189,000

Search for more homes, see real time analytics and learn about the North Santa Monica / North of Montana Ave. community on our North of Montana blog.  Add your comments (scroll down to the “Add Your Comment” section) and read other blogs. And please call my mobile phone (310) 924-4014 with any questions.

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